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Year 1

We have two Year 1 classes

Miss V. Gardner Mrs Rudge
1G Class 1R Class

Topic Summer 1 - The Scented Garden

Let’s tiptoe through the tulips together and discover the sights, sounds and smells of the garden.

This half term, we’ll visit a florist’s shop or a garden centre. We’ll find out how to look after plants, ask the experts questions and appreciate the flowers. We’ll write an information book about plants, follow instructions, enjoy the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and write stories of our own. Discovering our green fingers will be fun when we plant and tend a pizza garden of herbs. We’ll also learn about the different parts of a plant and create our own ‘planting and growing’ action rhyme. Our senses will help us describe and sort a range of smells and we’ll make beautifully scented products. We’ll look closely at a wide variety of plants, create detailed, observational drawings and press real flowers to use in collages.

At the end of our project, we will have become plant experts! We’ll create a presentation about plants, share the information books that we have made and design a fantasy garden.

Help your child prepare for their project
Gardens are so special and are an excellent place to visit together. Why not take close-up photographs of flowers and use a plant identification app or spotting guide to find the name of each plant? You could also buy some wild flower seeds and watch them grow. Alternatively, bake recipes containing fragrant herbs and spices! Cheese and chive scones, cinnamon biscuits and lavender cake are all delicious!

Memorable experience Visit a garden centre or florist
Innovate challenge Make a fragranced gift
English Recounts; Non-chronological reports; Instructions; Narratives; Information texts
Science Plants
A&D Observational drawing; Sculpture; Flower-pressing
Computing Presenting information
D&T Making fragrant products
Geography Plants in the local environment; Plants of the world
Music Action rhymes
Science investigations What's on your wellies? Can seeds grow anywhere? How does grass grow?

Topic Summer 2 - Coastline

In the Coastline project, your child will use maps to learn about the location of the world’s seas and oceans and keys to learn about map symbols. They will also find out about the directions on a compass. They will learn about the human and physical features of a coastline, including the effects of erosion and how to stay safe when visiting the coast. They will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the RNLI, what happened to the SS Rohilla and about the coastal town of Whitby, including how Captain Cook is linked to the town. They will research the tourism industry and consider what features make a place a successful tourist destination.

Suggested text

Katie Morag and the New Pier - Mairi Hedderwick

Memorable experience Coastal visit
Innovate challenge My coastal town
Geography Maps, globes and atlases; World seas and oceans; Human and physical features; Locational language; Compass directions; Physical processes – erosion; Changes over time; Tourism
English Descriptions; Adventure narratives; Non-chronological reports; Persuasive writing
A&D Materials and techniques
History Jobs in the past; Significant people – Captain Cook
Music Sea shanties
PSHE Special people; Staying safe; Strengths and goals
Science investigations How many arms does an octopus have? Why do boats float? Will it degrade?